25-Year-Old Sets Record As Iditarod's Youngest Winner

  • Dallas Seavey holds his leaders, Diesel (left) and Guinness, after arriving at the finish line to claim victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. At 25, Seavey is the youngest Iditarod champion ever.
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    Dallas Seavey holds his leaders, Diesel (left) and Guinness, after arriving at the finish line to claim victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. At 25, Seavey is the youngest Iditarod champion ever.
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  • A musher heads into the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska on March 5.
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    A musher heads into the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska on March 5.
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  • The aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the race, on Friday.
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    The aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the race, on Friday.
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  • Toby, a leader for musher Nicolas Petit, rests in straw in Nikolai, Alaska, on March 6.
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    Toby, a leader for musher Nicolas Petit, rests in straw in Nikolai, Alaska, on March 6.
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  • Peter Kaiser drives his team into the checkpoint in Unalakleet, Alaska, on Sunday.
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    Peter Kaiser drives his team into the checkpoint in Unalakleet, Alaska, on Sunday.
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  • A thousand dogs and 66 mushers hit the trail during the official restart in Willow, Alaska, on March 4.
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    A thousand dogs and 66 mushers hit the trail during the official restart in Willow, Alaska, on March 4.
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  • Karin Hendrickson hugs her leader, Hatchet, in Takotna, Alaska, on March 8.
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    Karin Hendrickson hugs her leader, Hatchet, in Takotna, Alaska, on March 8.
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There's a new record in the Iditarod: A 25 year old has become the youngest musher to win the approximately thousand-mile trans-Alaskan sled dog race.

Dallas Seavey slid into Nome, Alaska, at 7:29 p.m. yesterday with nine dogs, finishing the race in nine days, four hours, 29 minutes and 26 seconds.

"We went into this race with a dog team that I knew had the ability to win the Iditarod," Seavey said in a post-race press conference in Nome. "We spent most of the race building a monster – a dog team that couldn't be stopped."

Seavey is a third-generation Iditarod racer; his father, Mitch, won the race in 2004 and finished this year's race in seventh place, nine hours behind Dallas. Grandfather Dan Seavey, 74, is currently on the trail in 52nd place and is the only musher in this year's race who also competed in the first Iditarod in 1973.

Above you'll find some photos of this year's race, and be sure to check out our story last week about Scott Janssen, a mortician-slash-sled-dog racer who successfully gave one of his dogs "mouth to snout" CPR on the trail.

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